Colonies are submassive, laminar or encrusting or various combinations of these. Corallites are in short irregular valleys, or are aligned between ridges perpendicular to margins, or are irregularly distributed on flat surfaces. Septo-costae are in alternating orders.
Yellow, green or brown.
Most reef environments.
Taxonomic note: This species is well named because it varies greatly according to environment. It is divisible into several smaller semi-distinct taxonomic units which can have overlapping geographic ranges. Source reference: Veron (2000). Taxonomic reference: Veron and Pichon (1980). Additional identification guides: Randall and Myers (1983), Veron (1986), Sheppard and Sheppard (1991), Nishihira and Veron (1995).
displaying probable distribution of species. Points indicate recorded sightings from OBIS.
Pavona varians.Great Barrier Reef, Australia.Surface characters of a large tiered colony. The tall vertical ridges are common in colonies from equatorial locations.Ed Lovell.
Pavona varians.Tanzania.Surface characters of encrusting colonies in semi-protected habitats.Charlie Veron.